The Fault in Our Stars | Study Guide

John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars | Chapter 16 | Summary



Hazel spends the days she can with Gus; however, he is struggling to keep down food and remain awake. She goes over to his house around noon, eats lunch with his parents while Gus watches, plays a video game, goes outside with Gus, and then takes a nap. When evening arrives, she returns home only to restart the cycle the next day.


Gus remains obsessed with his impending death and the legacy he is leaving behind. He comments to Hazel he wishes he were writing a memoir that would be held in high esteem after his death. What he does end up writing during this time makes it clear that by the time of his death, his opinions on this have changed, or he is aware public recognition is not the only trait of a hero. Even so, by helping others he feels he is able to protect the people he loves, even as he is dying. When playing the video game Counterinsurgence 2: Price of Dawn, he wants nothing more than to sacrifice himself in order to save Hazel—if he could not prevent his own death, he wants his death to benefit someone else.

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